2010 Season Finale
The 2010 season was a campaign that has many similarities with this 2013 season. The Packers entered the season being viewed as possible contenders to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
Early on in the season, the Packers were ransacked by the injury bug, yet players continued to step into starting positions and play well. In Week 17 of the 2010 season, the Packers still had not clinched a playoff berth entering into their game against the Bears. Played on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, this was a low scoring, defensive battle between the NFC North rivals.
In the first quarter the Packers struggled on offense. Donald Driver fumbled on their second offensive possession, and the Packers never got inside of the Bears 40 yard line. On defense, the Packers looked good, forcing two 3-and-outs on the Bears’ two first possessions. The Bears got to the Packers’ 36 yard line, but A.J. Hawk and Jarius Wynn combined forces to sack Jay Cutler for a loss of nine yards, pushing the Bears out of field goal range.
During the second quarter, the Bears took the lead with a 30-yard field goal, and the Packers continued to struggle on offense, never getting onto the Bears’ side of the 50 yard line.
In the third quarter after Tramon Williams had a 41-yard punt return, the Packers finally had a productive offensive possession. Inside of the Bears’ 10 yard line, the Packers could not punch it into the end zone, and settled for a 23-yard field goal from Mason Crosby to tie the game.
Finally, in fourth quarter, the Packers scored the game’s only touchdown. After Aaron Rodgers completed a 46-yard pass to Greg Jennings to bring the team to the Bears one yard line, Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to tight end Donald Lee, putting the Pack on top, 10-3.
The Bears’ defense proved to be tough, not allowing another first down from the Packers for the remainder of the game. With a little less than five minutes remaining in the game the Bears began what they hoped to be a game-tying drive.
They got as close as the Packers’ 32 yard line, but on 2nd and 10, Cutler threw a pass intended for Devin Hester that was intercepted by Packers’ safety Nick Collins on Green Bay’s 11 yard line, with just 10 seconds left. Rodgers was able to come out and take a knee to close out the game and propel his team into the playoffs.